What Can I Do When I Grow Up?

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The nature and function of work is changing and the jobs of tomorrow won’t be the same as the jobs of today.

The Coronavirus pandemic has in many ways irrevocably reshaped the job market with whole industries and sectors having been affected. The numbers of young people out of work as a result of the pandemic has hit record highs, with those between the ages of 16-24 accounting for nearly two thirds of job losses.

As we move through a great crisis of unemployment, rising inequality and accelerated automation and technology, is the future of work headed towards a split society, with higher level knowledge jobs taking precedence over the lower skilled services jobs which can be readily automated? Or will we see a rocket in the demand for jobs in the green energy sector as the push for net zero targets and the demand for low-carbon goods and service rise?

With 65% of children entering primary school in the present day predicted to end up working in jobs that don’t exist yet, it is hard to imagine what the world of work will look like in 2050.
In this session we will hear from economists, philosophers, futurologists and business analysts, who will imagine what the labour landscape will look like in the years to come. We will think big about the purpose of work and why we do what we do, as well as looking at the rise of automation, the gig economy and green renewal sector.

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